The stunning powder pink blossoms fortunately waited until after Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin had blown themselves out, otherwise the streets would have been littered with confetti and we would not be enjoying the glorious sight of twelve trees in our street smothered in these tiny, perfect flowers!

We concluded February with a visit to see our daughter in Southampton and were blessed with a perfectly dry, sunny, if somewhat chilly weekend! I took a copious amount of photos of some of the inspiring buildings with a view to paint some of them when time allows. The photo above shows the quirky and wonderful “Robin’s Nest’ Emporium and Cafe.

I had the delightful job of taking two of my original canvas paintings – ‘Autumn Hill with Alpacas’ and ‘Winter Hill’ to present to their new owners ( my long standing friend and her partner) at a gorgeous little tea shop in the pretty village of Wheathampstead, ‘Charlie’s’. We indulged in a delicious cream tea (or in my case, a ‘Cheese Tea’ ) and then it was down to the unwrapping!

As an artist it is a real privilege to be able to witness my work being ‘opened’ in this way. Many of my paintings’ new owners have been kind enough to send me photos of my work on their walls, and I truly appreciate this! Others have written beautiful testimonials which can be found in my galleries of sold work.

I’ve been working on ‘secret’ projects as presents during the last two weeks which has kept me busy, and this weekend our older daughter finally gets to graduate (nearly 2 years after gaining a First in Psychology!) We will be attending the ceremony and are really excited!

Here’s to a wonderful Spring!